As expected, Mazda officially introduced today the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata, the fourth-generation of company’s most popular roadster. According to Mazda, the new MX-5 Miata features the Kodo – Soul of Motion design theme and comparing it with its predecessor, the new model is a big improvement. The new car arrives with stylish headlights, a big air intake, new LED lights located on the front bumper as well as a new hood with muscular lines.
The height of the bonnet is lowered, while the A-pillars and windshield header was moved to the rear. At the rear, we find LED taillights, an interesting design for the rear bumper, as well as an air diffuser and a chromed exhaust system. The interior is completely new and according to Mazda, it was designed in order to maximize the pleasure of open-top driving.
MX-5 Miata arrives with a brand new three-spoke interior, a new dash featuring simple design lines as well as with the latest-generation human-machine interface (HMI) and MZD Connect. As you may know already, Mazda MX-5 Miata is known for its easy-to-operate soft-top and the latest generation continues the tradition.
The weight of the new soft top was also reduced and it is now easy to operate it while seated. Mazda will offer the new MX-5 Miata with a choice of two SkyActiv-G direct-injection petrol engines with displacements of 1.5- and 2.0-liter. Bolted to a SkyActiv-MT six-speed manual transmission, the engines are expected to deliver 140 hp and 200 hp, respectively.
The vehicle rides on a new rear-wheel-drive architecture and comparing it with its predecessor, it is 105 mm shorter, 20 mm lower and 10 mm wider. In addition, the new MX-5 Miata is 100 kg lighter. The engine is now located closer to the vehicle’s centre, while the bonnet, boot lid, front fender as well as front and rear bumper reinforcements are made of aluminum.
The all-new Mazda MX-5 boasts of ideal proportions that are even better than previous models. It is the shortest MX-5 so far, the newest iteration is sleeker than its predecessors. It also has a lower center of gravity, with occupants seated literally at the midpoint and closer to the ground than in previous models. Moreover, the new MX-5 is designed to appeal to the adrenaline of its driver as well as steal the hearts of onlookers.
Featuring a short overhang, the new MX-5 is defined on the front by a low-slung nose and, while character lines emerge from the upper edge of the grille and run to the wildcat-like headlamps featuring concealed ultra-compact four-lamp LED units. The front end is also defined by LED daytime running lamps placed at the lower corners of the front bumper.
The exterior of the new MX-5 takes inspiration from the Japanese tradition of calligraphy, allowing designers to achieve an efficient flow down its sides. Designers were able to better balance the proportions whether the soft top is up or down by moving the cabin slightly rearward. The soft top is matched by black A-pillars, windscreen header as well as seatback bars and door mirror trim. The soft top is easily stowed into a compact compartment and when deployed, it boosts the overall appearance and aerodynamics of the MX-5.
Meanwhile, the sides of the new Mazda MX-5 seem to be "tucked in" at the corners and narrow just above the tires. The sides feature a low and wide trapezoidal outline flowing from the front to rear, thereby accentuating the car’s muscular flanks. All the lines flow through the flared fenders and converge to the rear end, thereby helping magnify the car's volume. The rear end is also defined by rear combination lamps that pay tributes to the previous MX-5 models while emitting new-generation lighting signatures.